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Open Hearings Scheduled for July

There will be two open hearings held on July 22, 2016, at the B Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

Assistive Technology - 5:15 PM
(Eastern):
To review and comment on the proposed Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Assistive Technology, please visit the CAAHEP Website
 
Anesthesiologist Assistant 5:45 PM (Eastern):
To review and comment on the proposed Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Anesthesiologist Assistant, please visit the CAAHEP Website.

These open hearings will be held in person at the B Hotel, 1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, as well as electronically. Information for those interested in attending is also available on the  CAAHEP Website.



CAAHEP Board of Directors 2016 Meeting Schedule
The CAAHEP Board of Directors takes accreditation actions six times per year (Jan., Mar., May, Jul., Sept., and Nov.). The following are upcoming meeting dates and locations (where appropriate):
 

July 20-21, 2016
Orlando, FL 

September 16, 2016
Conference Call

November 18, 2016
Conference Call 

 


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2017 CAAHEP Annual Meeting

April 23-24, 2017

JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead
Atlanta, GA

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From the President
Thomas Skalko


With the completion of a successful Annual Meeting, our focus now shifts to the Summer Workshop for our Committees on Accreditation to be held in Orlando, FL. This workshop is limited to CoA representatives only, but the discussions and materials that result will benefit the entire CAAHEP system.
 
The following paragraphs offers some information on other activities of CAAHEP and the world of programmatic accreditation.
 
Outcomes: CAAHEP Staff continue to work on the effort to assure that all of our accredited programs are posting at least one outcome on their program websites, as required by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Special thanks go to Accreditation Assistant Katie Davis for her hard work on this project. Please be sure that your program has posted the outcome(s) required by the Committee on Accreditation (CoA) for your discipline.
 
Invoices: Invoices for the FY 2016-17 fees to CAAHEP have been emailed to all institutions. Just a reminder: the fee for the coming year is $550 for all institutions with one or more CAAHEP-accredited programs. And please be sure that payment goes to the new address! If you have any questions, please contact Cynthia Jackson-McNeill.
 
Institutional Accreditation:  Recently, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) has put a temporary "freeze" on accepting new applications for colleges seeking to become accredited.  This action comes following criticism of the ACICS' handling of the Corinthian Colleges' closings. The accreditor is reviewing their processes in an effort to ensure that students receive a quality education that "puts them on a path to employment" (Inside Higher Education).
 
Stackable Credentials: While not within the scope of CAAHEP, there has been some interesting energy put into the concept of credentials, stackable credentials, badges and other forms of training that lead to a credential of some form or fashion. The concept of stackable credentials does, however, have implications for programmatic accreditation. There is an interesting article by Williamson and Pittinsky (2016) in Inside Higher Ed that helps explain the role of stackable credentials in the workforce.
 
Many of our Committees on Accreditation (CoAs) work in concert with sponsoring organizations and national and state level credentialing mechanisms (e.g., certifications, licensure, certificates, etc.). The value of the credential is directly tied to the quality of education that an individual receives. Hence, programmatic accreditation, including specific add-on competencies for specialties, will have a role in ensuring quality outcomes (knowledge, skills, and abilities) of the registrants. As programmatic accreditors, we will be working with our individual professions and credentialing organizations to ensure that individuals have the competencies for practice and are better prepared to pass credentialing examinations as one mechanism to validate practice competence.
 
Welcome to CAAHEP's New Board Members:  I also wanted to take a moment to welcome CAAHEP's new Board Members, Katie Kuntz, Glen Mayhew, and Amber Donnelly. The board is looking forward to your official beginnings next month.
 
For those new to CAAHEP, the CAAHEP Board is a working board of volunteers. It is through the commitment of the volunteers that CAAHEP is able to accomplish its mission. As President, I can tell you that the CAAHEP family and all of our volunteers are considered invaluable. If you are interested in becoming more involved, grab us at the next CAAHEP meeting.  We are always open to your engagement.
 
Keeping an Eye on the Shifting Winds:  As a reminder, one of CAAHEP's strategic goals was to increase CAAHEP's role in the education of elected officials on the value and role of programmatic accreditation in allied health education programs.  CAAHEP, with its partners (e.g., Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors, CoAs, and others), has been tracking issues that impact programmatic accreditation in allied health.  If you identify an issue we need to be aware of, please feel free to contact and alert us.
 
In closing, I want to encourage you each to communicate with us and to let us hear your concerns and praises.  We will do all we can to assist you.  On a personal note, I want to thank the CAAHEP Board for their vote of confidence as I assume the role of President for 2016-17.  Let us hear from you.

   
Thom
Thomas Skalko, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS, FDRT
President, CAAHEP
Valencia College Students Among Victims in Orlando   

Seven students from Valencia College were among the deceased victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando on Sunday, June 12. Valencia College is home to three CAAHEP accredited programs and our hearts are broken for the senseless loss of life.Valencia College President, Sanford Shugart's message to the student body says it best, "Let love rule, not hate."
CAAHEP's 2016-2017 Leadership Elected  

At its May meeting, the CAAHEP Board of Directors selected its officers for the coming year. All of the current officers were elected to another term:

President
Thomas Skalko, PhD,
LRT/CTRS, FRDT
Vice President
Carolyn O'Daniel, PhD, RRT
Treasurer
Barry Eckert, PhD, FASAHP.
Secretary
Susan Fuchs, MD
 



New Board Member Selected and Committees Assigned:

In addition, a new member of the Board representing the "At Large" category of membership (educational institutions other than those represented by NN2 or ASAHP), was selected by the Board in May. Please welcome Glen Mayhew, DHSc, NPR, who will represent hospital-based programs.  

The officers' a
nd new Board members' term begin July 1, 2016.  Included in this new term are some changes in the CAAHEP Committees. The new Committee appointments for 2016-2017 are:


Performance Oversight Committee
Gregory Ferenchak, Chair
Deborah Agustin
Kate Feinstein
Glen Mayhew
Elizabeth (Betsy) Slagle

Planning and Development Committee
Susan FuchsChair
Barry Eckert
Cheryl Harris
Kathryn (Katie) Kuntz
Yasmen Simonian
Recommendation Review Committee
Carolyn O'Daniel, Chair
Pauletta Brown Bracy
Amber Donnelly
Susan Muller
Douglas York
Standards Committee
Jennifer Anderson Warwick, Chair
Kate Feinstein
Jeff Hill
Kathryn (Katie) Kuntz
Julie O'Sullivan Maillet
M. LaCheeta McPherson
Keith Orloff

Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography Standards Approved   

One of its actions at the May Board meeting was to approve proposed Standards and Guideline changes. Upon recommendation by the CAAHEP Standards Committee, the Board approved the Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography. These Standards were reviewed and approved by the CAAHEP Standards Committee, posted on the CAAHEP website for 30 days for public comments, and endorsed by the sponsoring organizations. The new Standards are in effect, and can be viewed on the CAAHEP website.

CAAHEP Invoices Sent Electronically 
By now, all programs should have received an electronic invoice for the 2017 CAAHEP fees. If your institution has not received an invoice or if you have any questions on the new institutional fee, please contact the CAAHEP office for assistance

Consider a Medical Scribe Specialist Program
   
With the approval of Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Medical Scribe Specialist, there is a new opportunity for accredited post-secondary academic institutions to offer a program for the Medical Scribe Specialist.
 
Over the last decade, contemporary physicians have faced unprecedented challenges stemming from the concurrent rise of patient volumes, non-clinical responsibilities, and documentation requirements. These new challenges are compounded by the continuous demand for timely, cost-effective, and superior quality healthcare. As a solution, clinicians across the nation are utilizing the services of medical scribe specialists to meet these new demands. A medical scribe specialist is a non-clinical ancillary staff member that is an assistant to the physician and/or mid-level provider. The medical scribe specialist is used to maximize the efficiency and productivity of clinical care. Duties include real-time scribing of physician notes, organization of objective health care data, workflow efficiency and improvement, enhancement of the Electronic Health Record, point-of-service collections, patient tracking, and enabling key doctor-scribe time for the benefit of the patient to wellness, and reportable and sustainable outcomes. 

The Medical Scribe Specialist Review Board (MSSRB) became a Committee on Accreditation of CAAHEP in 2014, and is working to encourage the establishment of accredited medical scribe specialist programs in academic institutions throughout the country. Programs can be offered at community colleges, vocational or technical schools, and other post-secondary academic institutions.  The program must conclude in award of a minimum of a diploma/certificate upon completion.
 
Medical Scribe Specialist Standards
Please visit the CAAHEP website to review the Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Medical Scribe Specialist. These Standards are the minimum requirements for accreditation, including curriculum requirements.
 
The Accreditation Process
Application instructions, including the self-study template, are available on the MSSRB web page
 
Questions
Please visit the CAAHEP website for frequently asked questions on accreditation and the accreditation process. For specific questions on the Medical Scribe Specialist programs, please contact the CAAHEP staff.

Accreditation Actions

May 20, 2016 Accreditation Actions
Each profession in the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) system has a Committee on Accreditation (CoA) that consists of experts in the profession that are responsible for reviewing programs and making appropriate recommendations for accreditation to CAAHEP. CAAHEP reviews recommendations received from its CoAs in each profession, assures due process was followed, and takes final action on an accreditation status. Where available, a link to the program's website is listed below.

CAAHEP took the following actions at its May 20, 2016 meeting. Actions are identified by profession, action taken, and date of the next comprehensive evaluation. In some cases, the concentration and/or degree are also specified.

The following program was found to be in compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines and was granted continuing accreditationwith the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2017. This action require s no progress report and was approved on the consent agenda.

Medical Assisting
College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV (Certificate)

The following programs were found to be in compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines and were granted continuing accreditationwith the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2021. These actions require no progress report and were approved on the consent agenda.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA (General)
Lone Star College-Cy Fair, Cypress, TX (General)
Lone Star College-Cy Fair, Cypress, TX (Cardiac)
Lone Star College-Cy Fair, Cypress, TX (Vascular)
Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, PA (General)
New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY (General)
University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN (Cardiac)
University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN (Vascular)

The following program was found to be in compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines and was granted continuing accreditationwith the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2022. This action requires no progress report and was approved on the consent agenda.

Surgical Technology

The following programs were found to be in compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines and were granted continuing accreditationwith the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2026. These actions require no progress report and were approved on the consent agenda.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Baker College of Owosso, Owosso, MI (General)
Central Ohio Technical College, Newark, OH (General)
Central Ohio Technical College, Newark, OH (Cardiac)
Central Ohio Technical College, Newark, OH (Vascular)

Polysomnographic Technology
Wallace State Community College, Hanceville, AL (Certificate)

Surgical Assisting
Gulf Coast State College, Panama City, FL

Surgical Technology
College of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City, NC
Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville, AL

The following program was found to be in substantial compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines, with one or more Standards requiring a progress report to be submitted to the appropriate Committee on Accreditation (CoA). The program was granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2021.

Cytotechnology

The following programs were found to be in substantial compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines, with one or more Standards requiring a progress report to be submitted to the appropriate Committee on Accreditation (CoA). The programs were granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2026.

Surgical Technology
College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL

The following programs were found to be in compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines and were granted initial accreditation for a period not to exceed five (5) yearsThese actions require no progress report and were approved on the consent agenda.

Anesthesiologist Assistant

Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Southern Technical College, Tampa, FL (General)
University of Findlay, Findlay, OH (General)
University of Findlay, Findlay, OH (Cardiac)
University of Findlay, Findlay, OH (Vascular)

Surgical Technology

The following programs were placed on probationary accreditation, with one or more Standards requiring critical attention and timely resolution to bring the program into compliance with the Standards and Guidelines. The letter outlining the reason(s) for probation is available upon request.

Kinesiotherapy
Standards: III.A; III.B.; III.C.; IV.B.1.
Progress Report Due: December 1, 2016

Medical Assisting
Everest College-Springfield, Springfield, MO (Diploma)
Standard: IV.B.1.
Progress Report Due: October 21, 2016

Surgical Technology
Standard: IV.B.1.
Progress Report Due: May 1, 2017 

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